Paul O’Grady up for National Television Award 2021 - full list of NTA nominations and how to watch

The Merseyside-born presenter, writer and actor is seeking to secure another NTA accolade at Thursday night’s ceremony at the O2 in London.

<p>Liverpool’s Paul O’Grady. Photo: Olga Productions</p>

Liverpool’s Paul O’Grady. Photo: Olga Productions

This year’s National Television Awards ceremony was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions but on Thursday night some of the UK’s biggest names on the small screen will go to head to head.

The ceremony will be hosted by Joel Dommett and will be broadcast on ITV from 19.30 on Thursday, September 9, and will also be available on streaming service ITV Hub.

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Representing Merseyside

Birkenhead-born presenter Paul O’Grady has been nominated in the best factual programme category for his ITV show For the Love of Dogs.

The show goes inside London’s Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, talking to staff about the work they do and following animals’ progress as they await a new home.

For the Love of Dogs has run for nine series since 2012 and has already won several awards.

The Great British Bake Off, starring Wallasey-born celebrity chef Paul Hollywood, has also been nominated for an NTA in the best challenge show category.

For the Love of Dogs a ‘Cinderella tale’

O’Grady has covered a wide range of stories as part of the programme and met two Maltese Terrier puppies in the latest series who staff suspected may have come from a puppy farm in Romania, having been sold to a family in the UK for £4,000.

They were brought into Battersea after the family struggled to cope with looking after them.

O’Grady revealed he was “inundated” with messages about the show during lockdown.

He said: “I always say it about this show, but it really is a Cinderella tale.”

“You get a dog that comes in and has often been abused or badly treated, and they make them well again and they go off to a lovely home. It has a happy ending.

“So you might cry at the beginning, but then you can cry at the end too.”

Full list on NTA nominees

Drama performance

  • Olly Alexander - Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
  • Martin Compston - Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
  • Adrian Dunbar - Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
  • Vicky McClure - Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
  • David Tennant - Dennis Nilsen, Des

New drama

  • Bridgerton
  • Des
  • It’s A Sin
  • Normal People

Returning drama

  • Call the Midwife
  • Line of Duty
  • The Crown
  • Unforgotten

Serial drama

  • Coronation Street
  • EastEnders
  • Emmerdale
  • Hollyoaks

Serial drama performance

  • Sally Carman - Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
  • Danny Dyer - Mick Carter, EastEnders
  • Mollie Gallagher - Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
  • Billy Price - Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks


  • Rose Ayling-Ellis - Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
  • Rhiannon Clements - Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
  • Olivia D’Lima - Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
  • Emile John - Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
  • Jude Riordan - Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street

TV presenter

  • Ant and Dec
  • Alison Hammond
  • Piers Morgan
  • Bradley Walsh
  • Holly Willoughby

Bruce Forsyth entertainment award

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
  • I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
  • Taskmaster
  • The Graham Norton Show

Talent show

  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • The Masked Singer

Challenge show

  • Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
  • Love Island
  • The Great British Bake Off
  • The Great British Sewing Bee

Quiz game show

  • Beat the Chasers
  • Celebrity Catchphrase
  • In For A Penny
  • Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Authored documentary

  • Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
  • Katie Price: Harvey and Me
  • Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
  • Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
  • Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency


  • Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
  • Gogglebox
  • Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
  • Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs


  • Loose Women
  • The Chase
  • The Repair Shop
  • This Morning


  • After Life
  • Friday Night Dinner
  • Sex Education
  • The Vicar of Dibley

O’Grady’s other projects

It has been announced the presenter will be in a new show due to air later this year called Saturday Night Line-Up.

Each week, O’Grady will be joined by a number of famous faces who will be asked to line up in order of ‘best’ to ‘worst’, or ‘most likely’ to ‘least likely’ in a variety of different scenarios.

Whether it’s who the British public would least like to go on holiday with or who would make the best supply teacher, all the scenarios are designed to provoke funny rivalry between the celebrities.